The Call of the World: A Young Man's Journey of Discovery

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iUniverse, Jan 29, 2009 - Travel - 352 pages
Two years after earning a business degree with honors from the University of Colorado, Trent Newcomer decides to abandon his corporate job, sell his car, and travel around the globe with nothing more than what he can fit in a small backpack. His goal is simple: experience all that the world has to offer so he can then be satisfied with settling down to a normal life.

Over the next year and a half, the adventures that find Newcomer and the people he encounters teach him more about the world and his own place in it than he could have ever imagined. From having a gun pulled on him in Vietnam and being jumped by a gang of men while trying to change money on Kenyas black market to experiencing more near-death bus rides than he can count, Newcomer soon discovers that the journey itself is much more meaningful than checking items off a to-do list.

Part travelogue and part memoir, The Call of the World is a candid and insightful account of the challenges and joys of backpacking solo around the globe, as well as one young mans journey of personal discovery. The Call of the World has been recognized as a Medalist (Travel Essay) in the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards, as well as a Finalist (Travel/Travel Guide) in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

 

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Very few people do get a chance to travel, and very few people get an opportunity to take a few years off and just discover what's out there. In this book, Trent Newcomer decides to leave his ... Read full review

Contents

I Travel
1
What You Own Is Your Own Kingdom
8
Storybook Happiness
17
Yesterdays Over My Shoulder
22
The Value of Life
41
What You Can Become
56
So Often Times It Happens
70
An Adventure
79
The Real Voyage
209
A Man Never Goes So Far
230
Yesterday Is Not Ours
249
Contemplation
256
Travel Is More
263
The Test of an Adventure
278
All Men Dream
296
The Secret to Happiness
313

Treasure the Memories
93
If There Is No Struggle
111
Some People
150
If You Cannot Understand
169
Traveling Carries with It the Curse
319
I Like the Dreams
331
A Man Travels
338
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About the author (2009)

Trent Newcomer has traveled extensively around the globe and, in the process, gained a clearer understanding of the world, its diverse people, and his own place among it all. He is currently a veterinarian in Colorado and embraces the many adventures of his daily life.

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